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Thursday Sharks Links: Karlsson excelling in rookie season

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  • A virtual unknown at the start of training camp, Sharks rookie Melker Karlsson is making a name for himself with goals in three straight games and a spot on the top line in Joe Thornton's absence. [Mercury News]
  • Speaking of Thornton's absence, Joe Pavelski has helped fill the void a bit following a disastrous 7-2 loss to the Blues in Thornton's first game out of the lineup. [CSN Bay Area]
  • As the Sharks cross the midpoint of their season, here are five keys to their success in the season's second half. [SF Chronicle]
  • And here's where the Sharks stand by the numbers compared to the first half of last season. The one step back Doug Wilson referred to in the offseason has certainly materialized. [Mercury News]
  • Tommy Wingels' goal against the Wild ended a 13-game goal drought. [CSN Bay Area]
  • Antti Niemi could be among the goaltenders San Jose's most recent opponent, Minnesota, will attempt to acquire as they try to salvage a season that's been jeopardized primarily by bad goaltending. [Star Tribune]
  • The Rangers routed the Ducks last night so that's nice. Anaheim is currently first in the NHL despite a paltry +2 goal differential. [Blueshirt Banter]